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ladyvol
Ladyvol  (Level: 205.2 - Posts: 5484)
Fri, 7th Dec '07 8:36 AM

TODAY IS PEARL HARBOR DAY....

66 years ago today the United States became involved in the Second World War...A war that my dad and uncle fought in. We should never forget the sacrifices made by these and others who fought to keep this nation of ours free...Can we not forget the petty squabbles over censorship and the backstabbing just for today and honor our World War II Veterans! Especially those who served at Pearl!
To all those veterans both past and present I salute you and from the bottom of my heart THANK YOU!
Vickie Crowe...daughter, wife and niece of veterans!

kimoira
Kimoira  (Level: 201.4 - Posts: 1190)
Fri, 7th Dec '07 8:50 AM

It is a life long dream of mine to go to Hawaii and visit the USS Arizona Memorial. I am hoping to go in February but it's not definite.

gypsylady
Gypsylady  (Level: 142.6 - Posts: 6048)
Fri, 7th Dec '07 9:05 AM

I am the daughter of a Navy Veteran, so all of my thoughts, prayers and greatfulness to all War II Veterans on this day and their families. Also, thoughts, prayers & greatfulness to all of those and their families who are still fighting in war.

Marilyn...

eesusbejesus
Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3645)
Fri, 7th Dec '07 9:08 AM

Thanks Vick. Today is the day that my father, as a high school senior, made the decision to not finish his senior year and join the forces. He received his high school diploma anyway. I remember him telling me his stories of WWII and I wish I had thought of recording them at that time.

Thanks again.

Lodi

jorboo
Jorboo  (Level: 39.1 - Posts: 141)
Fri, 7th Dec '07 11:04 AM

Sixty-six years ago my step-father was stationed on Schofield barracks in Hawaii. What a brave man he was. Lets all say a prayer for that generation, they saved the world. The definitive book about Pearl Harbor, in my opinion, is "From Here to Eternity". Read it if you get a chance. Genny

eesusbejesus
Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3645)
Fri, 7th Dec '07 11:31 AM

Oh Marilyn, I didn't catch that your father was in the Navy. So was mine. I think he was on a destroyer called the U.S.S. Schroeder. They had some reunions and he always wanted to go back to them, but never did. He passed away 11 years ago but before he did, he had a series of several strokes that disabled him physically and mentally. Because he was a veteran, he got to stay in the V.A. home until he died. One day when I went to visit him, I saw him sitting with a group of other elderly veterans and they were all laughing and swapping WWII stories. When I talked with him later, I asked if he was enjoying himself and he said it was great here. But he wanted to know why, if he was on his ship, and they were at war, why no one would give any of them guns.

Kinda got a chuckle out that.

gypsylady
Gypsylady  (Level: 142.6 - Posts: 6048)
Fri, 7th Dec '07 7:39 PM

Lodi,

I don't remember the name of the ship my dad was on. He also had a stroke, and died in a VA Hospital in Marion, Illinois on Feb. 19, 2005. Thanks for sharing! I know you miss him!

Marilyn...

lancaster
Lancaster  (Level: 228.1 - Posts: 176)
Fri, 7th Dec '07 9:00 PM

Thank you for reminding us, Vickie, to honor those who served in any war. Let's hope the petty squabbles will soon be seen for what they are....petty.

larrybus
Larrybus  (Level: 307.1 - Posts: 383)
Fri, 7th Dec '07 9:40 PM

Marilyn and Lodi:

My father was also in the Navy during WWII. Like Lodi's father, he was also on a Fletcher-class destroyer, the USS Colhoun DD-801. Wikipedia seems to have a lot of excellent articles about Navy ships which include their official histories:


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Schroeder_(DD-501)


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Colhoun_%28DD-801%29


My father did attend several reunions with his old USS Colhoun shipmates before he died in 2001. I went to two of them with him. They were always convened near a Naval base and one day was spent on an active Navy ship where a memorial service was held for the Colhoun's crew members who died during the war and those who had died since.

It was a great opportunity to learn more about my Dad's WWII experience, meet and chat with some of his shipmates and share the emotion of the memorial service. It was also nice to see the WWII vets being shown genuine appreciation and respect by the US Navy and its officers and sailors.

The WWII generation included a lot of heroes. Unfortunately, many of them are gone now, but we can still remember them.



larrybus
Larrybus  (Level: 307.1 - Posts: 383)
Fri, 7th Dec '07 9:45 PM

The link for the USS Schroeder in my previous post doesn't work. Try:


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Schroeder_%28DD-501%29




ladyvol
Ladyvol  (Level: 205.2 - Posts: 5484)
Fri, 7th Dec '07 10:17 PM

My dad was in the Coast Guard which was under the Navy's jurisdiction during WWII...I have a picture of one of the ships that he served on the USS Texas...The other one is written on the back of a picture but I can't make out the name...He saw action in the Atlantic and was part of the convoy that landed troops at Omaha Beach...His was also one of the ships that escorted Eisenhower to France...My dad spent his 17th birthday at sea strapped in a gun...
My uncle was in the Army and he served in Europe. They were a great generation and were heroes one and all...I lost my dad in 1976 so, Lodi and Marilyn and Larrybus I know what you are feeling...Here's to our dads..the greatest heroes ever!
Vickie

osuzannacollage
Osuzannacollage  (Level: 132.1 - Posts: 1299)
Fri, 7th Dec '07 10:42 PM


Here's to Dads everywhere, and a giant salute to all of our Veterans. May we all remember and honor them on this special day.

Susan

eesusbejesus
Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3645)
Fri, 7th Dec '07 11:40 PM

Larrybus, thanks so much for the Schroeder link. It felt weird to read about something that had been in my childhood stories. My dad was the range finder or something like that. He aimed the guns on the targets and told the gunners when they were on target and ready to fire. He had a great story about that, which he wrote for the reunion book. I have that book and will find the story and reprint it here.

Also, he told me one time that the Shroeder and several other ships went out in formation but a big wave came overboard and killed their electrical system. They had to turn around and head back to port for repairs and another ship came out and took their spot in the formation. When they got back to port, they learned that the ship who took their spot and the men on board were at the bottom of the ocean. He said it was pretty sobering.

More later.

And thanks again.

slowpokecat
Slowpokecat  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 17)
Sun, 9th Dec '07 11:26 AM

I always send cards to all my friends on Dec. 7th to remind them. All my brothers served during Vietnam as did I. I lost a brother to the effects of Agent Orange. These vets are the true heroes of the world, not the football players or rock singers we glorify.


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